Don't they ever learn?Less than a month ago a mother wrote in to a popular message board seeking support for her decision to ignore her doctor's advice. The doctor strongly recommended delivering the baby because of postdates. A number of board members wrote to commend this woman for ignoring her doctor and trusting her "instincts". You already know the outcome; the baby died.
Now, another woman has posted asking for support and advice regarding her decision to ignore accepted medical advice. She is almost 43 weeks pregnant, and has symptoms suggesting that the baby is severely compromised (including decreased fetal movement). Sure enough, other women are posting to support this insupportable decision. I cannot tell you how angry and frustrated I am that even as we speak a baby is probably dying and no one is doing anything about it.
Don't these people ever learn? They were spectacularly wrong very recently, and a baby died. They are spectacularly wrong now, and another baby might die as a result.
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